Games on Demand

GoD_screenshotDon’t have any games scheduled but want to play something? Stop by the Big Bad Games On Demand! (Contra Costa Salon I) Games start every two hours (with a break around 1PM and 6PM).

Check the listing of all our awesome Games on Demand, by GM. The list by time block is here.

How It Works

This year we will be using a model closer to what is used at GenCon and Origins than at Go Play. Our purpose is to give players a few hours of fun while presenting games they might not be familiar with. In brief:

  • People registering to play will receive a GoD boarding pass from the host.
  • Each GM for the session will have a menu indicating the games they are offering.
  • At the start of the time block, the host will call boarding passes; we’re using a system that randomizes boarding passes while giving priority to people who have not played yet.
  • People whose boarding passes are called will pick a spot from the games that have not reached capacity at the moment.
  • GMs and their players sit down at their table and enjoy

For Players

Games On Demand games will start every two hours, with periodic breaks to give our GMs a rest between games. Here the schedule of when games will be starting:

Friday 2PM 4PM 8PM 10PM
Saturday 9AM 11AM 2PM 4PM 8PM 10PM
Sunday 9AM 11AM 2PM 4PM

Please swing by at least 10 minutes before games start to talk with a Games on Demand host. They can tell you more about what’s on offer and answer any questions about the games. They’ll also give you a boarding pass to get into games in the next slot.

On the hour the hosts will ask everyone to make some space and then start calling out boarding passes. When your boarding pass is called, give it to the host. You will be able to select a game from the available list.

For GMs

Your Games on Demand schedule will be listed on the master schedule.

Please arrive a 10 minutes before your schedule time to let the Games on Demand host know you’re there and ready to run your games (if any changes need to be made, they can do so there). If you wish to do so, you can indicate that some of the offerings on your menu will not be available for this period.

If you do not get enough players to run your game, feel free to wander the con, or jump into another GoD game that still has available seats, but stay accessible to the host either by being in the room or leaving your cell number, Twitter handle, or other means of getting in touch with you should players show up mid-slot looking for a game.

Your games should end 10 minutes before he next slot to make sure the table is clear and ready for the next game.

For Hosts

Your Games on Demand schedule will be listed on the master schedule.

Please greet the players and GMs, give out boarding passes, and help games get started.

An hour before a slot opens:

  • Place the menus of GM game offerings on the center table for players to peruse.
  • Assign each GM a table number.
  • Let all prospective players know when the next games will start.
  • Give boarding passes to prospective players who wish to play in the next slot.

10 minutes before the slot:

  • Verify your GMs are presented and accounted for.
  • Verify that all players have a boarding pass.

When the slot starts

  • Ask everyone to step back and make space.
  • Randomly draw and call out boarding passes.
  • Sign players up for games.

During the time block:

  • Guide players who come late join in games where the GM is still accepting players.
  • Give signup information for the next slots to prospective players.

Here are examples of the Games on Demand Menus from last year: